Gabrielle Union is not here for Kanye West’s recent claim that “slavery is a choice.”.
While on the red carpet for the premiere of her new film “Breaking In,” Union shared her sentiments about Ye’s remarks and it’s clear she’s not in agreement.
“I think there is probably a thousand other things I could say,” she said before running off a list of other things Ye should know weren’t a choice as well. “Slavery wasn’t a choice for anyone that was confused about that, neither was the systematic oppression that followed. Neither were the mass sexual assaults, the torture, the lynchings, the whippings, reconstruction … none of that was a figment of our imagination.”
But Union wasn’t the only one disappointed by Ye’s comments, her producing partner Will Packer and co-star Jason George also let us know how they felt.
“He obviously misspoke and misunderstands the severity of a statement like that,” said Packer. “In our culture people put celebrities on a pedestal and there’s power in what people with high profiles say.”
“I give a lot of people passes to say the things they want to say,” added George. “We live in Hollywood, so if you want to do things and you want to say crazy stuff just to get people checking for you, but there’s a line.”
West remarks about slavery were made during his appearance on TMZ Tuesday afternoon. While there to discuss his recent Twitter rant about Donald Trump he also made shocking claims that he believed slavery for a choice.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years…that sounds like a choice,” the rapper said while speaking with Harvey Levin and Charles Latibeaudiere. “Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all of you?” he added.
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